Identity thieves have become more adept at impersonating taxpayers. For your protection, the IRS is asking you for important information and documentation. We'll ask about your identity and tax return history, because we need this information so we can process your tax return accurately. This helps prevent an identity thief from getting a refund using your tax account.
What You Need to Do
If you didn't file
- continue with our secure identity verification service by clicking the Get Started button
- you can opt-out of the process at any time and contact us using the toll-free number listed on your 5071C letter
If you did file
- contact us using the toll-free number listed on your 5071C letter
- to expedite the process when calling, you MUST have the following:
- the 5071C letter and the tax return for the year shown in the letter
- any prior year tax return
- and any supporting W-2’s, 1099’s, Schedule C, Schedule F, etc.
- if we are unable to verify your identity over the phone, we may ask you to schedule an appointment at your local IRS office to verify your identity in person
If this year is the first time you are filing an individual income tax return, please select “I have not filed a tax return in the past seven years” when creating an account.
If you have previously filed, please enter the information from your previous tax return instead of this year’s return.
Alternatives to the Identity Verification Service
If you are unable to register for this online service, please contact us using the toll-free number listed on your 5071C letter.